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Taryn deRosia and Kevin Weeks A minor in materials & engineering   On September 10, 2015  Swenson College of Science and Engineering (Duluth  campus)—Create  undergraduate minor in Materials Science and Engine ering  The Swenson College of Science and Engineering on t he Duluth campus requests approval  to create a minor in Materials Science and Engineer ing, effective spring 2016. The proposed  minor provides students with instruction on the str ucture, property, processing, and  application of materials. The proposed program prov ides students with the fundamentals of  materials science and engineering and introduces th em to a material-focused approach to  problem solving. There are a growing number of indu stries in the region that need  graduates with Materials Science and Engineering tr aining.     Taryn and Kevin  in front of the scanning electron microscope that we used frequently.  Attached is a photo of Taryn and I in front of the scanning electron microscope that we used frequently.  A minor is a study in fundamental materials. It’s being offered in the Department of chemical engineering. However it draws from courses offered in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, civil engineering, and electrical engineering,. Also biomedical engineering. The introduction. Introductory courses call properties engineering materials. The electives include the chemistry of polymers, physical engineering, biomedical engineering, metallurgical engineering, material processing, principles of particle engine technology, civil engineering materials, It’s a Masters tree. The plan is for any student in any of the Sciences can put together A minor from the courseload and apply for masters agree in Richard Nelson science and engineering. The goal for UMT is to offer a Masters degree in materials science and engineering at some pointKevin and Karen THR IM spent 10 weeks at Brookhaven national labs on the East Coast working on a project to develop a new type of solar cell. They’re looking for a cost-effective way. It’s a research topic that’s been conducted worldwide. The students were able to use the facilities of the Brookhaven Lab facilities that you empty doesn’t have. They heard lectures from visiting faculty from the department of energy. They studied with other students from undergraduate Masters degree in student to work working on your PhD. Kevin is a senior. Both Kevin and Karen are seniors.At Haven they attended lunch bag seminars they met with other interns from around the country. The process they are using it to me material encased in glass so it looks similar to Stangland’s. And that material they study the properties. There were was covered by Argonne national land. Terron said it at you empty we just don’t have the equipment for us to conduct these kinds of experiments. We were we are we are looking at the structure of crystals on the surface of materials. We need to make A superhigh resolution Visual. We need to see you in superhigh resolution. We need to make his biggest of frame of the solution as possible. Processable. We’re looking at a SEM a quick piece of equipment was super high resolution. Were looking at nanometers. We’re looking at microscopically. Characterizations facility time. Second and spatial resolution. Solar to electricity. Optical signal. Understand the material. So the light comes into understand. There were 190 other students all studying some kind of biological and environmental Bruce physical Physics’s processes. The idea of putting solar energy solar cells on surfaces like pavement is earth is world is changing is on there is a lot of the earth surfaces that are covered with pavement it would be revolutionary if we could cover even a portion of it with solar cells are especially looking for a flexible solar cells even sells that you can paint some cars you could paint on buildings anytime breasts. Trying to develop a film. And dictation
Taryn De Rosia and Kevin Weeks used the scanning electron microscope at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. They ran experiments with the goal of creating a cost effective flexible material that can capture and deliver solar energy.
Weeks, De Rosia, and Zhihua Xu, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, study solar cells.

The world needs accessible clean water and economical solar energy. The population needs to capture carbon dioxide and to restore and improve the urban infrastructure . . . all challenges that require new materials and material systems. UMD professors and students are already working toward these goals and now there is a new program, the Materials Science and Engineering minor, which pulls together course offerings from across campus.

No one knows the importance of the program better than Taryn De Rosia and Kevin Weeks, who have taken many of the classes in the new program. They are already deep into materials science, thanks to a summer research adventure.

The two chemical engineering students received 2015 summer awards to work on advances in solar energy for 10 weeks at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. Along with Zhihua Xu, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Taryn and Kevin ran experiments with the goal of creating a flexible material that can capture and deliver solar energy. While it’s a research topic that is being conducted worldwide, the pair were specifically looking for a cost effective material.

Richard Davis, professor and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, said the flexible material Taryn and Kevin are working on could be revolutionary. "A lot of the Earth is covered with pavement," he said. "Adding flexible solar cells to even a small portion of the surface would change everyone's lives." Taryn and Kevin agree. "Our work could lead to painting solar cells on buildings, cars, pavement, and other structures," Taryn said.

Kevin said the Brookhaven research experience was exciting. "The labs were amazing. We got to use high end, high resolution equipment," he said. "The right equipment at UMD would give students many, many more opportunities."

Those opportunities are important. There are a growing number of industries in the state that need graduates with materials science and engineering training.

The Materials Science and Engineering minor is administered by the Department of Chemical Engineering. It draws from courses in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, including Properties of Engineering Materials, Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering, Polymer Engineering, Polymer Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Solid State Semiconductors, Optics, etc.  These courses are already being offered in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Physics departments.

On Sept. 10, 2015, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved the new program. Because the minor is made up of classes from many disciplines, students are already taking the classes. Students can transfer their credits to the minor when it officially begins in spring 2016. With the minor and a B.S. degree in any of UMD's science programs, students can apply to masters and doctoral programs in Materials Science and Engineering.

The program is all about the structure, property, processing, and application of materials. That leads to a new approach to problem solving, using materials as the focus. UMD's goal is to offer a masters degree in materials science and engineering.

For more information about the Materials Science and Engineering program, contact the Department of Chemical Engineering,
Zhihua Xu, assistant professor, at 218-726-7127 or
Richard Davis, professor and department head, at 218-726-6162 or

Written by Cheryl Reitan, September 2015.

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